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Restaurants Advised to Obtain Halal Certificates

News From : DagangHalal.com (01 Sep 2009)

Bandar Seri Begawan – Restaurant owners have been urged to apply for the Halal certificate to give Muslim customers more confidence to dine at their restaurants, according to a religious affairs official.

Halal Food Control Division (HFCD) Education Officer at the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Siti Norain Mohamad, said that the Brunei Islamic Religious Council has raised concerns regarding lack of local restaurants bearing the Halal logo.

Currently there is only one restaurant which has been accredited with the Halal certificate while six others are still in the auditing process conducted by the council.

She related that they encounter problems while processing applications from restaurant owners which cause a delay. Siti Norain mentioned that this was due to information required in the applications forms were often incomplete.

She said the cost of a Halal certificate is $30 which will be issued by Ministry of Religious Affairs and only require to be renewed upon expiry.

With the enforcement of the Halal Label Certificate and Halal Label Order 2005 in August last year, restaurant owners and food outlets must obtain their halal certificates for their respective establishments.

The Royal Brunei Catering (RBC) is the only restaurant which has been accredited with the Halal certificate after completing the requirements set by the council.

The restaurant has successfully undergone several inspections on all of their ingredients and products, before it officially certified as a Halal outlet by the council on July, 2009.

According to previous reports, a total of 30 Halal products from RBC Express Fast Food went through Halal products audit which were conducted by Halal Audit representatives from Religious Office, Majlis Mufti and the Department of Agriculture.

— Courtesy of The Brunei Times

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